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New name announced in Augustana Care and Elim Care merger

DASSEL, MN – When two organizations become one, they face the vital task of creating a new name. Augustana Care and Elim Care staff especially wanted a name to echo the values and mission of both nonprofit eldercare providers.

The new name, Cassia, conveys the preferences of a majority of more than 900 people surveyed during the past several months.

The name was inspired by anointing oil made from the bark of the Cassia tree and referenced in the Bible several times.

It evokes both organizations’ commitment to healing, wholeness, and quest for solutions that help those served to live well. According to sources familiar with ancient oils, Cassia is said to symbolize the heart of a servant.

The new logo was created to convey a drop of oil. Within the drop is the familiar form of the cross, which embodies the strong Christian heritage of the new organization. The stained glass colors and shading within the logo are also designed to reflect this heritage.

In addition, the name signifies the commitment to compassionate service to all people, as modeled by Jesus Christ. Cassia’s unique strength, according to CEO Bob Dahl, is the fact that by and large, the personal experience of staff members includes close connections to older adults as caregivers, and family members. That experience results in employees who are passionate about the people they serve.

“Cassia is about helping the people we serve over hurdles so they can live fuller lives—and transforming the fear about what could happen into possibilities for joy and celebration,” says Dahl. “We seek that for everyone who walks in these doors, just as we seek the same possibilities for our own loved ones.”

Nineteen-year-old dies in Meeker Co. crash

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – A 19-year-old woman from Willmar died in a car crash in Meeker County Saturday afternoon (Nov. 16), the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

According to the report, Willmar resident Yasmin Abdi Ahmed, 19, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Venture west on Highway 12 in Grove City when she lost control of the vehicle and it crossed the center line into the east lane of traffic.

The Venture collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado that had been traveling east. A third vehicle that was traveling east, a 2000 Ford Ranger, then collided with the Colorado.

Ahmed sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She had been wearing her seat belt, and alcohol was not involved. The state patrol reported that road conditions were icy and snowy at the time.

The driver of the Chevrolet Colorado, Ali Ann Danzeisen, 25, of Litchfield, was reported as having non-life threatening injuries. She was not transported to a healthcare facility.

The driver of the Ford Ranger, Joshua William Pehrson, 24, of Willmar, was not injured.

Assisting agencies included the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Grove City Fire and Rescue, Atwater Fire and Rescue, and Atwater Ambulance.

Dassel Winter Farmers Market events planned

DASSEL, MN – The Dassel farmers market will be hosting a Winter Market in Dassel’s City Hall in November and December.

This month, the market will take place Saturday, Nov. 24 in the community room at Dassel City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In December, the market will take place Friday, Dec. 14 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., also in the community room.

The event is free and open to the public, and will offer a variety of home-made goods: from bread to pumpkins, to hand-made crafts, and locally- made honey.

Interested vendors may contact Julie at julie.mannien@gmail.com, or call 320-275-2454, and ask for Terri.

Special meetings scheduled in Dassel

DASSEL, MN – The Dassel City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at city hall to canvass the votes from the general election. Immediately after, the council plans to discuss staffing for the public works department.

The city council also plans to attend a historical preservation public informational meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Dassel HistoryCenter.

Cokato man dies in crash

ROCKFORD, MN – A 56-year-old man from Cokato was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Rockford Tuesday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The state patrol reported that Bruce Elroy Burkowske of Cokato was driving a 2015 Jeep Wrangler at 5:44 p.m. on Highway 55 east of Hennepin County Road 50 when his vehicle was hit by a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo. The driver of the Monte Carlo, Tanya Teri Raddohl, 49, of Corcoran, had been attempting to merge into the eastbound lanes of Highway 55.

The Jeep rolled several times, and came to rest in an opposing lane of traffic. Burkowske was not wearing a seatbelt, and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

No injuries were reported for Raddohl.

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Laura Ingalls Wilder presentations start Friday, Nov. 2

DASSEL, MN – If you could go back in time and meet Laura Ingalls Wilder in person, what would you ask her? Fans of “Little House on the Prairie” might want to start thinking of their questions, because Mrs. Wilder is coming to Dassel Saturday, Nov. 10.

Stringer does her presentations entirely in character as Mrs. Wilder. She dresses head-to-toe in clothing authentic to the era, and she answers questions in first-person style.

Look for a full story about Stringer and her presentations in the Friday, Nov. 2 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

Tour schedule

Upcoming Laura Ingalls Wilder presentations are scheduled as follows:

• Friday, Nov. 2 – Hector Public Library at 10 a.m. and Grove City Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 3 –Swift County Historical Society at 2 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 5 – Clara City Care Center at 2 p.m. and Milan School Cafeteria at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 6 – Granite Falls Health Care Center at 2 p.m. and Montevideo Public Library at 7 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 7 – The Cultural Centre in Bird Island at 10 a.m. and the Litchfield Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 8 – Cosmos Public Library at 10 a.m.

• Friday, Nov. 9 – Brownton Public Library at 11 a.m. and Glencoe Public Library at 4 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 10 – Dassel History Center at 10 a.m. and Fairfax Public Library at 3 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 13 – Graceville Public Library at 10 a.m. and Ortonville Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Raymond Public Library at 6 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 15 – Maynard Public Library at 10 a.m.

• Friday, Nov. 16 – Atwater Community Center at 10 a.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 17 – Willmar Public Library at 10 a.m.

• Monday, Nov. 19 – St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted at 2 p.m. and Hutchinson Public Library at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, Nov. 20 – Spicer Public Library at 10 a.m. and Lake Lilian Public Library at 6 p.m.

Melanie Stringer has spent more than two decades researching the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. During her presentations, she wears the type of clothing Laura would have worn as a young woman.
Melanie Stringer has spent more than two decades researching the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. During her presentations, she wears the type of clothing Laura would have worn as a young woman.